If you’re playing Santa to an archery fan, take a deep breath and relax. Your gift-giving will be easier than you think. Whether your favorite archer is a new fan thanks to Katniss Everdeen, or is already shooting bows and arrows, they’ll love these 5 gift ideas that are super fun, and easy on the wallet. Bonus: You can find almost all these items at your nearest archery store.
A Lifetime of Archery Love: The $25 Gift Card
What can archers do with $25? A whole lot, especially if they love watching archery but haven’t tried it yet. That’s because $25 – or a sum very close to it – can almost always buy them a beginner lesson at an archery store. In that first lesson, they’ll learn safety and awesome basic archery skills that steer them toward a lifetime of bow-and-arrow fun.
Fun With Accessories
Archers taking beginner lessons or first-time programs like Explore Archery need an armguard and a finger tab, and that’s where Santa comes in. An armguard protects the archer’s inner arm from the bowstring, while giving the string a smooth surface to travel along. A finger tab does the same thing for the hand holding the bowstring, allowing the string to release easily from the fingertips. Armguards and finger tabs come in many colors, costs and materials.
Archers love to show how much they love their sport, and even casual archers see its influence in fashion choices. From T-shirts to hats to earrings, your fave archery fan has lots of ways to rep their love for archery and bowhunting. You’ll find tons of jewelry options on Etsy, and T-shirts and hats could be found on the Release Your Wild online store, or from your favorite archery brands.
You Make Me Quiver
Instead of a traditional Christmas stocking, how about filling a quiver with stocking stuffers? Quivers – which hold arrows and important accessories – come in tons of styles, suitable for archers who shoot compounds, recurves or traditional bows. Quivers are made of leather, cloth and synthetic materials, and in countless color options from the massively modern to the thoroughly throwback. Bonus: You’ll find a quiver for nearly every budget.
It’s the Little Things
If your archery fan already has a bow and arrows, a few accessories might come in handy. Consider picking up an arrow puller and arrow lubricant, which help remove arrows safely from targets; and an Allen wrench set for quickly adjusting gear. Or how about a new or backup bowstring in their favorite color combo, or a new sight aperture – the part they look through to aim. Put these into a stocking, and your archer will have a perfect toolkit for upcoming classes or leagues!
Bonus: These Shoes are Made for Shooting
OK, so they’re a little big to fit into a stocking, depending on your archery fan’s stocking size. Still, archery shoes are super hot this year, and we’ve seen archery-specific shoes at tournaments from the most local to the Indoor World Cup. In a vast range of colors, with the all-important flat soles to promote stability, archery shoes are what’s up.